Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Resurrection of Christ: Evident that Demand a Verdict

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:8-11, NIV)

The angel said:
"He is not here; he has risen, just as [Jesus] said"
(Matthew 28:6)
Josh McDowell entered university as a young man looking for a good time and searching for happiness and meaning in life. He tried going to church, but found religion unsatisfying. He ran for student leadership positions but was disappointed by how quickly the glamor wore off. He tired the party circuit, but he woke up Monday mornings feeling worse than ever.

He finally noticed a group of students engaged in Bible study, and he became intrigued by the radiance of one of the young ladies. He asked her a reason for it. She looked him straight in the eye, smiled, and said, “Jesus Christ.”
Oh, for heaven’s sake,” he retorted, “don’t give me that garbage about religion.
She replied, “I didn’t say religion; I said Jesus Christ.”

The students invited him to intellectually examine the claims of Christ and the evidence supporting Christianity. He accepted their challenge, and after much study and research, finally admitted that he couldn’t refute the body of proof supporting Christianity. McDowell received Christ as his Savior, and his research became the background for his book Evident that Demand a Verdict.

One of the major factors in his conversion to Christianity was his inability to ignore the historical resurrection of Jesus Christ, a point he made later to a student at the University of Uruguay who asked him,
Professor McDowell, why can’t you intellectually refute Christianity?
For a very simple reason,” replied McDowell. “I am not able to explain away an event in history – the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Hendry M. Morris in his book Many Infallible Proofs writes: “The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. If the resurrection did not take place, the Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God and the Christian faith is absolute truth

John Stott in his book Basic Christianity also writes: “Perhaps the transformation of the disciples of Jesus is the greatest evidence of all for the resurrection. It was the resurrection which transformed Peter’s fear into courage and James’ doubt into faith. It was the resurrection which changed the Sabbath into Sunday and the Jewish remnant into the Christian Church. It was the resurrection which changed Saul the Pharisee into Paul the apostle and turned his persecuting into preaching

His Birth
His Death
His Resurrection
These are evidences that demand a verdict – Liar, Lunatic or Lord?
What say you? Seek and see for yourself… the Lord be with you. Amen.

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